US to start USD 5 bn anti-terrorism partnership fund: Kerry

The US would start a USD 5 billion anti-terrorism partnership fund, which will be used to help train other countries to take on rising extremism, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

PTI| Last Updated: May 28, 2014, 20:18 PM IST

Washington: The US would start a USD 5 billion anti-terrorism partnership fund, which will be used to help train other countries to take on rising extremism, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

A formal announcement in this regard would be made by President Barack Obama during his address to the US cadets in West Point, Kerry said in an interview to the CBS news.

"Today, he will announce a terrorism partnership fund, about USD 5 billion that we will use to help train other countries, other people in their ability to join in alliances to take on this rising radical extremism that challenges rule of law in so many places," he said.

Kerry, however, did not provide any further detail of the proposed anti-terrorism fund.

He also defended Obama`s decision to terminate the US combat role in Afghanistan by the end 2014. "This is not an abandonment of Afghanistan. This is an empowerment of Afghanistan."

Kerry said: "The President today is going to make clear exactly what the vision is for how we deal with this rapidly changing, more complex world where terrorism is the principal challenge.

"What we are doing, what the President is doing, is making clear that the United States understands its role of leadership in the world, that we are deeply committed to offering that leadership and to continuing to lead."

He said: "We`re doing so in Iran with respect to the Iran negotiations. We`re doing so in Syria with respect to increased ramp-up assistance to the Syrian opposition. We`re doing it in the Maghreb, in the Sahel, in the Levant, in South Asia, and in East Asia."

"And the fact is the United States is more engaged in more places than it has ever been in any time in history," Kerry added.